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This Saturday sees London techno heavyweight Dax J bringing his brand of dystopian heaving techno to the Gasometer for the next installment of Bunker’s open air series. Dax grew up listening to the UK sounds of jungle, drum n bass and garage. Being heavily influenced by drum n bass heroes like Goldie and Bad Company, his love for the underground meant he soon started to DJ on pirate radios at an early age of 15 while he was still at school. His first vinyl releases would come in 2005 on old jungle labels like Mickey Finn’s Urban Takeover under alias Dangerous and his own imprint back then Xplicit Sound. Following on from this Dax went on to discover the sounds of techno during a summer spent in Ibiza. From this point on his passion for cutting edge 4 by 4 beats took over but the old jungle influences are still heard today in his DJ sets and productions. These days, aside from playing in clubs and festivals all over the world, he runs a studio in Berlin, where he also works as a mastering engineer.


Also on Saturday, SloMotion Social Club at My Aeon have a couple of killer guests – Otologic and PQM. Otologic are forces of crate digging, playing a broad spectrum of funky house and disco, with some acid thrown in for good measure. The duo are responsible for co-founding the incredibly popular C-Grade and Animals Dancing brands and continue to be an important part of the Melbourne party scene and sound. While PQM is known for his progressive tribal house sounds, his roots are in hip hop. He earned the name “Quick Mix” as a teenager when first wowing audiences with his “turntablist” skills. It’ll be interesting to see what kind of set he does for My Aeon.


On Sunday Wax’o Paradiso are throwing their third birthday bash at Shimmerlands – the temporary Melbourne University venue from the team behind The Shadow Electric. The original trio of pavlova loving possums Edd Fisher, Simon TK and Andy Hart will be all together for the first time in ages, playing their eclectic blend of grooves and genre bending sounds. Also on board is Pjenné & Millú, deftly moving between bush ambience, and a deep understanding of the roots of soul, disco and their offshoots. A Condesa Electronics and Funktion 1 sound system has been sorted, so as long as the weather holds out it should be a cracking day.